Arlington, VA

Bicycling Realty Group of KW Metro Center is organizing two inaugural holiday real estate pop-ups!

The first one will be held at Conte’s Bike Shop, 3449 Wilson Boulevard, on Saturday, December 7 from 12-5 p.m. The second takes place Sunday, December 15, at Acme Pie Company, located at 2803 Columbia Pike, 3-6:30 p.m.

We are thrilled to announce that Olympia Moving & Storage, HMS Home Warranty and Arlington’s Universal Title will be co-sponsoring both holiday pop-ups!  

We will be collecting donations, both nonperishable food items (see list of most needed items below), as well as contributions for the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Holiday treats, fun real estate goodies & info will also be provided. Mama’s Donut Bites Truck, with its delicious cider donuts, is scheduled to join on the 7th! On the 15th, come taste some of the best pie you have ever had, from the Acme Pie Company. What’s not to love about pop-ups, especially during the holidays.

For more information on the event call 703-819-4915 or [email protected].

AFAC is most in need of the following low sugar & low sodium items: Canned tuna, canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter (in plastic jars) and cereal. 

Hope you can join us for our first ever inaugural holiday pop-ups!

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Travel can be a wonderful and life-changing experience. Many people in Arlington have come from elsewhere, and are interested in exploring the world and experiencing new things. An Arlington-based travel company is here to help people achieve those dreams.

Global Wanderer Travel is a full-service luxury travel company specializing in group tours to various domestic and international destinations. Each trip they offer is an opportunity for people to experience a new place and new experiences, as well as satisfy the travel bug.

The company aims to provide people (both newcomers and seasoned travelers) with a mix of fun experiences and immerse them in local culture at the same time. The company is expanding its offerings and would like to draw people’s attention and raise general awareness of the opportunities available.

Global Wanderer Travel’s goal is to provide a more meaningful travel experience. With upcoming destinations such as New York, London, and Paris on the horizon, the company offers a mix of destinations to satisfy any traveler’s desires. Each tour includes a small group size so everyone gets to know each other.

Rather than just visiting the main tourist attractions in a city, people are also given unique opportunities to immerse themselves in the local culture, whether through a food tour of local cuisine, exploration of a city’s downtown streets and neighborhoods, or history lessons from a native historian. Each traveler gets the fun and relaxation of a vacation, but ends up with a full appreciation and understanding of the destination as well.

Global Wanderer Travel is continuously expanding its tour offerings to new places. Interested travelers are encouraged to reach out with questions and to find out more.

New adventures and destinations await!

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The working professionals who pursue the Arlington-based Executive MBA at Virginia Tech get a rich education in the fundamentals of business — accounting and finance, marketing, operations, ethics, communications and leadership.

But woven around foundation courses are “experiential modules” designed to accelerate development in four essential and current areas: business analytics, entrepreneurship and innovation, leadership and governance, and global business.

The hands-on experience of the integrated modules is meant to allow Executive MBA students to immediately put their learning into action. That’s the idea behind all of Virginia Tech’s MBA programs — giving working professionals the tools they need to advance their careers as they pursue an MBA.

“What we did at Virginia Tech a few years ago was to say that we really want to focus on the working professional — someone who wants to enhance their career or make a change in the direction of their career, but not at the expense of continuing to be a business professional,” says Pamplin College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast. That allows those students to come into the classroom, he adds, “and use what they’ve learned as part of the experience of the MBA program.”

That strategy meant Pamplin had to rethink program formats and locations to ensure they were meeting the needs of their busy students. They now offer three different paths to the same MBA and have centrally located their classes in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area, Richmond, Roanoke and Newport News.

Ballston is home to the Executive MBA program, an 18-month, cohort-based option for mid-career professionals that meets every other weekend.

The nationally-ranked Evening MBA program is just two Metro stops away in Falls Church. It is designed to provide maximum flexibility by allowing students to change their course load each semester to balance work and other commitments.

The Professional MBA program is a 24-month hybrid online and in-person option with once-per-month class meetings that rotate between Richmond, Roanoke and Newport News.

Visit mba.vt.edu to learn more about Virginia Tech’s MBA programs or register to attend an upcoming information session.

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VIDA Fitness is getting set to open our first Virginia location in early 2020, and we can’t wait to help you crush your fitness goals.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we’re offering incredible Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions that you won’t want to miss. If you were thinking about becoming the latest addition to our family, now is the time! Prices will not be this low again, and this spectacular holiday promotion can’t be beat.

This is the perfect opportunity to see why VIDA is already D.C.’s favorite gym — voted by Washingtonian, DC City Paper and the Blade. VIDA Ballston will conveniently be located next to the Ballston Quarter and Ballston Metro stop, and will have everything you need to maintain a healthy & balanced lifestyle. Members have already fallen in love with our incredible group fitness offerings, beautiful Pilates studios and expansive Fuel Bar — featuring delicious smoothies and snacks for your workout recovery.

Be sure to check back on Black Friday to explore our limited-time promotion, and to learn more about the membership options that VIDA Ballston is offering.

The first 20 people to sign up through the holiday weekend will receive an exclusive gift… so be sure to not to sleep on these deals!

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The time-honored Arlington holiday tradition, Miracle on 23rd Street, returns this year on December 6 in Crystal City and is better than ever.

Last year more than 400 neighbors and families from across the area kicked off the holiday season with Miracle’s festive community tree lighting and pictures with Santa Claus. Plus, this year Melwood will be offering “Poinsettias with a Cause” grown by individuals of differing abilities for just $10 (supplied will be limited).

Melwood, one of the leading nonprofit employers of people of differing abilities and wounded veterans in the Greater Washington D.C. area, is pleased to host this event which has run for more than 50 years. This year we are also announcing a new partnership with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), so please bring canned food to donate at the event.

“Melwood is proud to keep the Miracle tradition alive and make it even better this year.” said Cari DeSantis, President and CEO of Melwood. “This is our neighborhood and we are excited to be a part of this vibrant community. This past year, we started abilIT on this campus, an innovative program to train individuals of differing abilities and injured veterans for high-demand IT jobs.”

The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6, at 750 23rd Street South in Crystal City. Admission is free and you can register at this site.

The celebration begins with the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree and the much-anticipated arrival of Santa, escorted by Arlington’s Police and Fire Departments. Photo opportunities with Saint Nick, face painting, hot cocoa, cookies, virtual reality experience and sales of poinsettias grown by our individuals of differing abilities will all be part of the festivities.

For 55 years, Melwood has offered job placement, job training, life skills for independence and support services to nearly 2,600 people each year in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. To learn more about abilIT or apply to our program, see here.

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With the advent of fall and winter, Maids in Brown wants you to start thinking about the major holidays that are barreling toward us.

Out-of-town family members and in-home large and small social occasions will undoubtedly create general disorganization of your house (be honest), and it may take the cleaning professionals of Maids in Brown to get and keep things perfect.

The time is now to get started!

Arlington-based Maids in Brown specialize in eco-friendly cleaning, using only natural cleaning products and methods that promote positive environmental impacts. Maids in Brown’s professional and experienced cleaning specialists undergo rigorous background and identity checks.

Starting a relationship with Maids in Brown is as easy as filling out an online survey of your needs and your location. The process is swift and seamless, and payment systems are cash-less.

As conscientious members of the Arlington community, the woman-owned company donates some monthly free cleanings to clients battling cancer. It’s a small but meaningful way of giving back.

“We care about our clients, the Earth, and our community,” said owner Winta Zemichiel. “Our goal is to create moments of joy for our clients.”

Maids in Brown can be reached at the booking page, by email [email protected] and by phone at 571-466-6900. The website is here.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City will offer festive holiday activities to celebrate the coziest time of the year with friends, family and loved ones.

The hotel greets the upcoming season with spirited brunches, a special Sleigh Belles event with gingerbread decorating & cocktails for the ladies, delightful holiday teas and an engaging gingerbread workshop to create lasting memories.

Festivities include:

  • Thanksgiving Day Brunch — Thursday, November 28
  • Holiday Tea — Starting Friday, November 29
  • Gingerbread House Workshop — Sunday, December 8
  • Sleigh Belles — Wednesday, December 11
  • Christmas Day Brunch — Wednesday, December 25

Enjoy these one-of-a-kind offerings, and more, this holiday season!

For more information or to make reservations at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, call 703-412-2721 or email [email protected] and follow along on Instagram @ritzcarltonpentagoncity.

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The Perfect Pita, and the family behind it, are celebrating the eatery’s 25th anniversary with specials all month.

Starting today, get a free t-shirt if you spend at least $8.94. The price is a tribute to the month (August) and year (1994) the first shop opened.

Founded by Arlington residents, Atilla and Carol Kan, what started as a single lunchtime takeout restaurant became a local favorite with 14 locations, catering and products in grocery outlets, wineries and independent markets.

Erica Kan Olds, daughter of Atilla and Carol and now President of The Perfect Pita, oversaw the opening of the first Perfect Pita in Alexandria. There was not even a sign on the door that first day. 25 years later, the family-owned eatery has a loyal following.

“We have come a long way,” said Erica. “We have our customers to thank for that.”

With the success of their first location, the Kans opened additional locations throughout the Washington D.C. area.

Erica founded The Perfect Daughter in 2009, a SWaM certified catering business. The Perfect Pita is a member of Virginia’s Finest and proudly places that logo on their grocery items. Perfect Pita products sold at grocery stores are also available at The Perfect Pita locations. The restaurant serves breakfast all day and lunch, including pizza, soup and salads.

Online ordering and delivery are available from many locations. Ingredients are fresh and local, with pita bread and hummus made daily. There is something for everyone — vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and Halal options included.

Can’t get to a restaurant? The Perfect Pita hummus is available at Safeway, Wegman’s and Whole Foods Market locally. Recently, Whole Foods added exclusive flavors under The Perfect Daughter label.

If you’ve never tried The Perfect Pita, November is the Perfect month to stop in for the first time!

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New year, who dis? Pop the champagne and start off the new year with DC Fray’s 5th Annual NYE celebration.

They’re hosting two open bar parties to ring in 2020!

With live DJs, party favors and champagne toasts, the only thing you have to worry about is deciding where you want to be when the clock strikes midnight.

Get your groove on at Grand Central or dance the night away at Kelly’s Irish Times with a VIP bar sponsored by Jameson.

This is the best value in D.C. with open bars and appetizers included for as low as $69!

Get your tickets.

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A free one-night seminar November 21 for prospective graduate students explores policies behind AI, big data, Uber, blockchain and more.

The Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University is offering a rare opportunity to sample a range of courses across the Master’s in Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics program in an evening focusing on “Transportation in the City of the Future.” The 90-minute sampler takes place Thursday, November 21, from 6:30-8 p.m. at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus.

“This will cut across all of our courses and some of the other programs offered at the Schar School,” said Laurie A. Schintler, director of the dynamic and timely Master’s in Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics program. “We will focus on emerging technologies in smart cities, which is very hot right now. We’ll look at everything from drones and autonomous vehicles to transportation economics and logistics.”

The sample class will also examine ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, big data, the use of blockchain and AI in transportation, flexible and on-demand transit systems, shared-use vehicles, mobile payment systems, and a methods course and a systems course. New electives addressing additional topics, including one focusing on automated vehicles, will be introduced.

Just as importantly, Schintler will also address “the social, ethical and institutional issues that go along with these technologies,” she said. Those issues include planning, policy and privacy as well as inclusiveness, sustainability and livable communities.

The title may suggest the “City of the Future,” but Schintler said the future is already here, and so are employment opportunities.

“There are jobs in the field, but you do have to be abreast of the cutting edge,” she said. “Things are changing rapidly.”

The session is free for prospective graduate students. Space is limited. Register here. #ScharSchool

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The Perfect Pita is celebrating 25 years during November with customer offers that range from discounts on gift cards ($25 gift cards for only $20) and t-shirt giveaways to buy-one-get-one-for-25-cents specials. And for one day, on November 25, they’re going retro and selling select items at 1994 prices!

“We are so grateful to our customers in Northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland,” said Erica Kan Olds, General Manager and daughter of The Perfect Pita founder, Atilla Kan. “It only seems fitting that our anniversary celebration be about them.”

When Erica’s father immigrated to the U.S. from Ankara, Turkey in the late 1960s, The Perfect Pita was just a dream. He worked two jobs for several years — Turkish Embassy staffer by day and Hot Shoppes waiter by night — until he saved enough to open his first restaurant in 1975 with his wife Carol.  They called it “Atilla’s Home of the Gyro,” and it quickly gained a loyal following of locals and nearby Pentagon employees.

Erica remembers her father bringing freshly baked flatbread home each evening after work. “One night,” said Erica, “the bread was accidentally puffy, so my dad cut it and stuffed it. From that moment on, my dad just started stuffing everything into those pita pockets!”

That was the beginning of The Perfect Pita restaurants and the wholesale pita and hummus business the family runs in Springfield, Virginia. Today, there are 14 locations of The Perfect Pita, and the wholesale business sells their homemade pita bread and hummus to local Safeways, WholeFoods and mom & pop stores. Erica also runs a successful catering business from the Springfield location.

Stop in this month and help celebrate!

For a full calendar of The Perfect Pita’s anniversary promotions, go to theperfectpita.com and follow The Perfect Pita on Facebook or Twitter.

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